Minnesota Golden Gophers vs. Washington State Cougars – 7:00pm ET December 27th 2016
Point Spread: Washington State is an 8.5 point favorite against Minnesota in the 2016 National Funding Holiday Bowl. The over/under for this game is 61 points. (Note: Line opened at WSU -5.5)
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Public Perception: 65% of the wagering public is betting that Washington State will cover the point spread against Minnesota. 66% believe that this game will go over the total of 61 points.
Recent Performance: Minnesota finished their season out 5-2 with a loss in their last game against the Wisconsin Badgers by a score of 31-17 as a 14 point underdog. The week prior to that, they beat Northwestern by a score of 29-12 as a pick. Washington State finished out their year on an 8-2 winning streak, losing their last two games which were against Washington and Colorado by respective scores of 17-45 and 24-38.
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Side Betting Trends: Washington State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Washington State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Big Ten. Minnesota is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. Minnesota is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game. Minnesota is 20-8 ATS in their last 28 games following a straight up loss.
Over/Under Betting Trends: Under is 4-0-1 in Cougars last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home. Under is 4-0 in Cougars last 4 games after allowing more than 40 points in their previous game. Under is 4-0-1 in Cougars last 5 games following a straight up loss. Under is 6-2 in Golden Gophers last 8 non-conference games. Under is 9-3 in Golden Gophers last 12 games after scoring less than 20 points in their previous game. Under is 12-5 in Golden Gophers last 17 games after allowing less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. Under is 7-3 in Golden Gophers last 10 games after allowing more than 200 yards rushing in their previous game.
Head-to-Head Betting Trends: No Trends Available
The Cougars look to finish the year with a win as they face Minnesota in the National Funding Holiday Bowl in California on December 27th. The Cougars bounced back from two early losses to be a contender in their conference before finishing with back-to-back losses to CU and WASH, while the Golden Gophers will play in a bowl for a fifth straight year. On paper, Minnesota should have a tough time slowing down Washington’s pass offense, which led the Pac-12, but we feel this game will have slower tempo than expected, giving the Gophers a chance for a late point spread cover.
Betting Pick: Minnesota Golden Gophers +8.5
Over-Under Pick: Under 61 points